Sidemount is an increasingly popular way to configure multiple cylinders for technical diving. If you’ve looked into technical diving, you realize that tec divers always wear more than one tank. You can enter the world of tec diving with the Tec Sidemount Diver course and apply what you learn to other TecRec courses. Your instructor may offer to integrate this course with the Tec 40, Tec 45 or Tec 50 courses.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn about the advantages of diving with a side-mount configuration and how to set up a tec sidemount harness. You’ll get hands-on training during one confined water session and four open water dives where you’ll start with two tanks and add at least two more.


  • Be a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or hold a qualifying certification from another organization)
  • Have a minimum of 30 logged dives
  • At least 18 years old